The white flags haven't exactly been raised, but it appears a cease-fire has been called in the nearly decadelong feud between Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl over 2007's Knocked Up. You know, the one that more than likely derailed her career. Knocked Up was Heigl's first major starring role in a film, but she went on to bash the Judd Apatow comedy in Vanity Fair, calling it "a little sexist." Needless to say, her comments rubbed most involved the wrong way, namely her co-star Seth Rogen, who used every opportunity he had at the time to mock Heigl's other work. In an appearance on "Howard Stern" earlier this year, Heigl attempted to walk back her criticism, clarifying that she liked the movie but didn't like how "judgmental, uptight, and controlling" she made her character and regrets "shitting on" Apatow and Rogen. She also noted an encounter with Rogen at a restaurant several years ago that suggested their beef was nowhere near tender. On Monday, Rogen also went on "Stern" to finally declare a truce.
"As someone who's an egomaniac," Rogen says he felt deeply betrayed by Heigl's comments because he enjoyed playing the "shitty version of Tom Hanks" to her Meg Ryan during the filming process. Hence his confusion when he later saw her at that restaurant — he believes she acted as though everything was peachy. "I thought she hated us," he says. But after seeing how the backlash to her claims of sexism potentially damaged her career in the long run, Rogen now says he's more sympathetic:
"I respect the fact that maybe she realizes it has hurt her career. And I don't want that to have happened to her at all. Because I've said a thousand stupid things, and I really like her ... The only people in this situation who should in any way take anything from it is me and Judd, because we're the ones she's talking about. And for other people to not work with her because she didn't like her experience with us I think is crazy."
But before Heigl thinks this means she has next dibs on Rogen's bong, he would first prefer a personal apology over the ones she's been giving on various press tours. "When I apologize to people, generally I don't take a public forum to do it," Rogen says, in what probably still won't be the last shot he (or anyone) ever takes at Heigl.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Seth Rogen attends Sony Pictures' 'The Interview' opening on Christmas Day at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, CA. Sony hackers have released stolen information and threatened attacks on theaters which screened the film. (Photo by Justin Baker/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Writer/director Seth Rogen introduces the screening of Sony Pictures' 'The Interview' at Cinefamily on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Writers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen attend Sony Pictures' 'The Interview' opening on Christmas Day at Cinefamily on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. Sony hackers have released stolen information and threatened attacks on theaters which screened the film. (Photo by Justin Baker/WireImage)
Cast members Paul Rudd (L) and Seth Rogen pose at the premiere of "Knocked Up" in Los Angeles, California May 21, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
Seth Rogen, writer of the movie "Superbad", poses at the Culver Studios in Culver City, California August 3, 2007. The movie opens in the U.S. August 17. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Presenters Seth Rogen (R) and Jonah Hill arrive backstage at the 80th annual Academy Awards, the Oscars, in Hollywood, February 24, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES-OSCARS)
Cast member Seth Rogen attends the premiere of "The Green Hornet" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California January 10, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on January 14. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members Seth Rogen (L) and Danny McBride attend the premiere of the film "Kung Fu Panda 2" in Los Angeles May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller arrive at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, stars of the new film "The Guilt Trip" pose as they arrive at the film's premiere in Los Angeles December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Presenters for the best shirtless performance, Seth Rogen (L), Zac Efron (C) and Danny McBride, decide to have a best bottomless competition at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, California April 14, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES Tags: Entertainment) (MTV-SHOW)
Seth Rogen (L) and Evan Goldberg speak after accepting their Comedy Filmmakers of the Year award at the Big Screen Achievement Awards during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members James Franco (L) and Seth Rogen pose during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actors Seth Rogen (R) and Lauren Miller Rogen stumble down a step as they walk on stage during We Day California in Inglewood, California, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Cast member Seth Rogen poses at the premiere for the movie "Sausage Party" in Los Angeles, California U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni